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PARKIM AYAZ - Good but has flaws.
Arrived on 18th August for 2 weeks and was shown to our room which was very small, our view from our balconey was of a white wall about 9ft away and 4ft looking to the right straight into someone elses room. We asked to be moved and the staff were very obliging, we were shown two more rooms accepting one overlooking the lawn with hammocks and a family of tortoises. Tip-the rooms on the right side of reception appear to be bigger and better than on the right. Rooms were cleaned daily wth fresh towels. Food is repeatative and breakfast was often the same daily. The evening meal was edible but not great. Another issue was that breakfast is served between 8 and 10, the evening meal was between 8-10 which is a long day with those with children. Tip-
Queues were the problem for the evening meal and the later you left it, often they ran out of food. The hotel has two pools which the cozzy bar was more for adults the other has a slide and was more for the youngsters. Tip-parents be advised both pools are fairly deep especially pool with slide also no one waits for the person to move once they have been done slide and saw a couple of accidents, especially when the locals enter the pool and can take over being loud and boisterous. Entertainment is often repeatative and starts after 11pm. Turkey is no longer the cheap haven it once was and more or less everyone was complaining of how expensive it was for buying drinks and food at lunchtime in and around the bars in the hotel, even the the shops wouldn't really haggle with you and if they did you didn't get much off no matter how good your haggling skills were. The beach isn't particuarly clean but if you can turn a blind eye to this then ok. The staff are very friendly and helpful which is a plus for this hotel. This hotel is not really designed for children as apart from the couple of slides and the pools thats pretty much it. If you decide to eat out be mindful and chose carefully as some restaurants serve food which is disgraceful ie packet of mixed veg, frozen chips and steaks so thin you don;t require a knife. I complained to one manager in bar street explaining that i was an ex-chef and advised of the problems and he wanted me to go to hs kitchen and show his Chef how to cook a steak for which i natuarally refused. Tip-Denny's restuarant next to Cozzy bar serve good food which you get 20% off if you reside at Hotel, tables are set on beach which can get chilly for the ladies and food can get cold quickly from sea breeze. If you intend on going on trips i can recommend Parmmukale and the Dalyan however they are very long days, up to 4 hours on coach(air conditioned) although you stop off at other places on the way. Tip-use Canyon tours outside of reception to the left, very reliable and vastly cheaper than tour operaters, insurance guaranteed. Bar street has loads of bars but again not cheap, the shots are watered down and when i challenged them on one occasion they poured vodka in the glasses for free, so make sure you challenge!. Without doubt best bar of all that treat you well, not expensive and make you feel welcome is the LMT bar to the left of reception you can see it as you leave the hotel, i cannot fault this place. Just along from there is Yummies 24 hour kebabs, cheap and very moorish you need to watch your waistline, especially if you drink to dawn and are hungry. Be advised on the day of check out you have to vacate the rooms by 12, you can pay £20 extra to to in a room not often the same one but only to 6ish, they do have showers if you don't pay extra however its a long day especially if you have an early morning flight. Would i stay there again, probably, with children then no.
dont forgot your travel kettle parkim ayaz
great location to beach and all sights . excellent hotel freindly staff clean and tidy some of the rooms may be small worth enquireing about bigger rooms food was brilliant ok breakfast a little boring but evening meals ...excellent choice great salad bar and deserts would defo stay at this hotel again dont forget dont buy your trips from reps sami bar does good trip deals ie jeep safari boat epheusus daz and fi happy hols
Loved the beach ! Free beds !
We arrrived 15 Aug 08. Parkim Ayaz has lovely grounds, gardens, hammocks. Beach is lovely, free sun beds, and we always got a bed! Lots of good water sports in which a lot of people participated in. Weather was excellent, perhaps a little too hot, but a siesta in the afternoon was a must!
On the down side, food was okay, but not much choice. Parkim Ayaz catered for not just the english but other people from around the world, so there was a lack of english food. There wasnt much choice for puds either, virtually same every night. Plenty of other restaurants in the area for you to buy food. Breakfast was continental, no english fry ups, although I did see some baked beans on a few occasions! But you could buy english fry ups at loads of places around.
The staff were very good, especially bar staff at "Ladybird" on the beach, which was part of Parkim Ayaz. They were very friendly, and the "Cool Breeze" pub, near reception, they were great staff too.
Rooms are basic, but clean sheets and towels every day. If there was problem in your room, they would be there in minutes to fix it.
Be careful if you have a health problem, if you go to a medical centre, beware, you could have to pay hundreds of pounds, for a simple ailment.
Gumet is expensive when buying from shops/bars. Drinks of a glass of coke or beer is 5 lire, around 2 pounds 50p. Haggling with shop assistant is a must, you kind of get used to it and can be fun!
On the whole a good holiday, but I'm sorry to say I wont be going there again, I did go for 2 weeks though. I think I would have been a lot happier if it was just for 1 week, as thats what I normally do.
Excellent choice & value for money
Booked the parkim Ayaz with a dark cloud over my choice since reviews were not too impressive that i read last year. Well that can change
Parkim Ayaz is in a good location on the beach which has free sunbeds,hammocks,swing chairs,2 large pools one with a slide the other a outdoor jacquzzi,4 bars,free crazy golf,free gym,free sauna,free use of table tennis or other games all this for a 3 star hotel surely not.
The food is good as well both morning & evening meals are changed daily and plenty of choice to cater for all tastes. Hot or cold meals for the evening meal which you are spoilt for choice, weathers its a wide choice on the salad/pasta bar or on the hot main coarse options i am sure you will be well fed i was having four coarse every night.
The bars are good as well the cossy bar is best for entertainment and a relax atmosphere with its big sofas or comfy cushion found around the shaded area near the pool great in the heat of the day for a sleep or generally relaxing.
Bar street is just up the road about 5 min walk up but the hotel is on a main road through Gumbet so has a mixture of bars and shops.
Buses run requlary into Bodrum all for 2 lira and run early in to the morning as well, so all in all a great location for access and entertainment.
If you want a quite room request it when you book it, around the pool they play music espacilly Cossy Bar till around 1am. rooms are small so request afamily room you have more room, we did as i was staying with just a friend so we booked a family room and got a double bed & single bed with balcony and reasonable sized room as well.
I think since its joined with Parkim Palas last year its given the hotel more and i would say please all. As said already if want quite room etc ask for it before you book it otherwise request it when you check in to the hotel, most staff understand english ok as long as polite with it.
Any questions please feel free to contact me.
Thx you Parkim Ayaz for a happy & relaxing stay.
love turkey but
we booked to got to parkim pallas to find it was changed to parkim ayaz. we booked standard room that turned out to be a 'box'.after 5 days the room had not been cleaned or bed linen changed. the manager listened to our complaint, and the room cleaned everyday after that also faulty light sockets, shower screen were mended, balcony light put in which hadnt been there. It was very noisy when people came back to the hotel in early hours of morning. the pool was very busy as anyone walking past could use it without paying and we were the mugs who had paid for it. the best thing was the boat trip and the great selection of food from the buffet. never go there again but love turkey. go to this hotel if you want 13 to 30 holiday
Stayed in parkim ayaz from 22nd june for 1 week, a group of 7 girls aged 18-21.
The hotel was lovely, and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean, although fairly small. we didnt spend much time in them. The only problem was the aircon that didnt work too well, we reported it and its was fixed?? although not much colder!
The dining hall was busy, and well staffed, with a large choice of dishes.
Pool was fab...we loved the bar and cozzy beach! played music all day. Aqua gym is really good fun usually starts at 11am. Turkish Bath in the hotel is excellent we paid 25ytl each, well worth it.
We usually started our nights in cozzy beach for cocktails and entertainment, (the male belly dancer was an eye opener....anyone who has seen him will know what we mean!!) we had an eighteenth birthday whilst we were there and asked them to organise a table for us with banners, for our dinner. They organised it and a fab cake. Our nights usually ended in Shamrocks our fave! we enjoyed all of the bars especially Shakers, Outback, X and Central bar oh and Mr Frogs Karaoke. (never seen as much choice!)
dont tell the watersports firm opposite the dining hall that youre a professional on the Ringy/Donut things... they take you seriously!!
the little shop under the aloha bar opposite reception sells really cheap water, so stock up!
Beware! the airport (incl duty free) is an absolute rip off, and definitely try to get a seat as soon as you can!
As many others I was a little worried after reading other reviews, but that all changed once we arrived.
The hotel looks quite small from the outside but is suprisingly large.
Rooms were very clean and comfortable with great views of the beach and gardens which have a family of tortoises.
The Ladybird bar and cozzy beach bar do great snacks at lunch time, as do the aloha bar opposite the hotel . The Ladybird bar will bring you all your drinks and food to the beach , if you can't pull yourself away from your sunlounger. Weather was 37 degrees everyday but when on the beach, there was a constant strong breeze which made it comfortable.
The hammocks and swing chairs are a great way to relax and enjoy a lazy day by the beach front.
We didn't eat at the hotel in the evenings as we enjoy visiting all the nearby resturants , but it was just as cheap to stay at the hotel half board as it was to stay somewhere self catering.
On your last day the maids do a lovely towel and flower display on your bed.
The hotel is in a perfect location if you want to be in the heart of it all, but there is some noise surrounding the hotel which go on until about 2am, but It never bothered us too much or kept us up at night.
Bodrum is nearby about a 10 minute ride on a dolmus , but it very expensive to eat out, for a 2 course meal and 3 drinks costs average of 70 lira in gumbet, but cost us about 130 lira for the same in bodrum as there where lots of added hidden extras.
This was our first visit to turkey and I would definately go back to the Parkim Ayaz as the beachfront location was great.
fınally got used to ıt but food crap!!
Well we were dısapppoınted on the arrıval at the front of the receptıon. The front does not look lıke a hotel!! The actıvıtıes were okay for 3 teenagers. The clımbıng wall was an excellent challenge for them all and the young lad who manages the wall ıs very good and helpful too.
There are many wıld dogs wanderıng the grounds but they are all nıce and frıendly. These are maınly looked after by the government and some are tagged.
The musıc at the hotel ıs good for us youngsters!!!
The maın pool - please put your towels out by 830am or you wıll not get a lounger!!!
We had a large room wıth a sıngle bed and a kıng sıze also a sofa bed. All rooms have aır condıtıonıng of whıch comes ın handy. On our last day we asked to keep on our room before departure. That was okay but had to move to a smaller room! The room was small!! If you were a large couple there wouldnt be much room to turn around!! It has a kıngsıze bed wıth small tv and unıt!! All rooms have balconıes. No lıfts just staırs!!!!!
As thıs hotel ıs half board you expect decent meals! Well please bear ın ınd that ıt ıs only a 3star hotel and basıcally the food ıs at that standard or maybe alıttle below!!! The food ıs absolutely CRAP!! They dont do mash potato ıts SMASH!!! Who does smash these days apart from the parkım!! The salad counter ıs the best but ıd also gıve the desserts a mıss to!
A fab restaurant ıs the red dragon - excellent staff and food and ıs always the only one packed!!
The surroundıng shops - well ıf you lıke beıng hassled and abused then take a venture!! 99% of them are terrıble. I told one resteranteur to shut up as he shouted out to us for breakfast lunch and the rest of the speal they throw at you and he changed to beıng lıke a wıld dog ın a cage havıng a rıght go at me and tellıng me to get out of country ıf ı dont lıke ıt etc etc - ***! He ıs ın restaurant just before burger kıng!! Yes theres a burger kıng and ıs okay but they dont understand englısh - we walked out a couple of tımes as they were duplıcatıng our order or addıng thıngs on we dıdnt ask for so we gave up!! Alot of the shops wıll do good deals but check out all prıces as some are 50% cheaper than others.
The Dreamgırls are excellent - we all went and had a good evenıng. But the chıcken and chıps meal was - CRAP!! Sorry but we were all served a chıcken leg - yuk and about 6 chunky chıps!!
We booked our excursıons wıth vıctorıa and toby from excen travel opposıte to the left of the parkım - very good and ınsured.
Please watch the traffıc as they dont gıve way to you and wıll run you over ıf ın the way of them. Also they drıve very close to the kerb - thıs ıs notıced as I have my sons - otherwıse ıts not somethıng youd keep an eye out for.
The nıght lıfe looks fab and the polıce are always out to protect.
The sun - ıts soooo hot the temperature was over 40 whılst we were there. Cant waıt to get home for the raın!!!
The turkısh lıra - basıcally ıt was easıer to say a 10ytl ıs worth roughly 4englısh pounds
Any questıons please ask. Have fun ıf your goıng but we wont be returnıng we prefer Hurghada ın Egypt.
i would like people to read this as while looking into my holiday i looked alot on trip adviser and not everyone liked the hotel in my opinion i think they stayed somewhere else! there was four of us there myself and my boyfriend and another couple aged 21.
firstly peoples opinions on the rooms - granted they are quite small but clean and tidy bathroom again small but cleaned daily and no cracked tile in sight! fresh towels were given everyday and beds always made. Balcony again small but we got four of us around it! Also there was a security box in the room which was activated by a pin code not a key so something you dont have to carry around with you! plenty of wardrobe space too and an aircon you can activate yourself with a self timer too. Tv included with a stop on the sound so will only go so high great for those people who can hear next doors tele full blast usually! Also fridge included with mini bar which you will be charged for, we put our drinks etc in it but remember to remove every morning as they will remove it and you have to wait till the end of your trip to get back.
staff - didnt really interact with them but when we arrived they took our bags to our rooms explained everything always opened doors when came and always seemed friendly.
next the pool - plenty of sun lounges or the beach metres away also very comfy cushions to laze on. pool fairly big with a slide and stools in the pool next to poolside bar. We were told drinks would be quite expensive there but in all fairness not by much. Make sure you get up and put towel out before the rush as some people put towels out at night!
the food - this was something many people complained about 'the same every night' granted some nights there was chips or rice but expected other than that a main dish different every night with starters etc also really lovely salad bar. only thing would advise is drink local ones imported alot extra my boyfriend drank efes basically a turkish version of fosters!
day trips - we went on a boat trip and to be fair was pretty poorly organised but once your there fantastic day jumping into the sea is like hitting ice but so refreshing after the heat of the sun all day. if your not one for real heat turkey no for you very hot! Also went to the aqua park if your up for bit of fun definatley go slides for everyone although i didnt go on the vertical drop but was told it was exciting! although if go have to buy food in there we made sanwiches waste of time cant take anything in!
night time - best bar to go to is called the no name bar (literally) turn left from hotel on right not far up. bar man were hilarious made our holiday non watered down drinks and they get you very drunk! also there is the main strip not far up but this is where you get the turks trying to get you to dance all time and buy watered down drinks - still good fun got to go at least once1 best place we found there was called club tropicana cant miss it got a big yellow car at entrance! also the frog right at top is a kareoke bar!
shopping - never ever pay full price haggle all the way its so much fun, bought perfume (real too) 2 bottles one being gucci for about £28 bargin! clothes real bargin too! if one shop wont haggle just go to next one! we would hide our money and say this is all we have if say no start walking away they ll come back they cant miss business! also if your buying cigerettes its little cheaper in airport malboro £16 for 200.
the turks - this i feel most strongly about people wrote they were hassled and pulled back and were touched up which really worried me but it is all wrong never saw that at all! they were friendly had a banter with you but that was it if you said no then no it was just walk away there all good people.
I hope this has counteracted some of the bad press hotel has recived i loved my holiday there and have nothing bad to say about it.
Stayed first 2 weeks of August. Reception looks great, staff helpful. Our room was very very small and the bathroom even smaller and it also smelt a bit of stale smoke. Any problems we told them about were rectified quickly. The room was cleaned every day, beds made, clean towels etc. Also had a safety deposit box and hair dryer (which worked better than it looked like it would). Air con was fab too – had to turn it off at times cos it worked a little too well!! 2 great pools. Our fave was the one with Cozzy Beach bar - great bar with fantastic, friendly and helpful staff.
Great location - from front of hotel you could go either left or right and there were plenty of shops, restaurants and "loud" bars e.g. Molly Malone’s, karaoke bars, come here get free shot type bars etc. From the back of the hotel (which is right on the beach) there were lots of bars offering entertainment such as belly dancing, break dancers (these were fab) and snake shows etc with plenty or restaurants too.
Disappointed with room but would stay here again as the location was ideal for everything and the staff were brilliant too.